A Student’s Summer of Conservation in the Southwest

By Jessica Zhong October 2020 As August drew to a close, so did one of the most memorable endeavors I have undertaken in my life. I recently spent ten weeks in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the Institute for Applied Ecology’s Southwest Office, with the goals of assisting with plant conservation efforts. Personally, I hoped […]

Collaboration and Creativity During COVID-19 Leads to Novel Programming and Meaningful Outcomes for Forest Bound in 2020

by Lia Griesser and Melanie Gisler Despite the pandemic, our Southwest office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, was fortunate to offer two sessions of our outdoor ecological education program ‘Forest Bound.’  Forest Bound is a free week-long course with lessons geared toward addressing plant blindness, and awareness of career options in conservation and ecological restoration. […]

IAE Celebrates the Seeds of Success Program’s 20th Birthday

By Laura Shriver June 2020 On May 8th, 2020, the Seeds of Success program turned 20 years old. Seeds of Success (SOS) is a national initiative led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to collect wild native seed for research, native plant materials development, restoration, and germplasm conservation. SOS collections are the first step […]

Oh, the places seed goes…

By Laynie Saidnawey and Maria Mullins February 2020 By the time seed arrives at the IAE Southwest Office Seed Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to be processed and cleaned, some collections have traveled close to 300 miles from their source populations. However, this move is temporary; the seed will eventually make its way back […]

“Who knows the anther?” and other ecological teaching techniques

by Tyler Knapp July 2019 Many people don’t realize that IAE has a Southwest Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in addition to the main office in Corvallis, Oregon. For the past three years, IAE Southwest has offered a week-long summer conservation and botany training program for teens called Forest Bound. This program spans several […]

The New Mexico Nature in Prisons Project: A Successful First Year

By Ella Samuel, Melanie Gisler, & Lillis Urban January 2019 More than 7,000 people are currently incarcerated in New Mexico state prisons, and this number is only projected to rise (See Source below; New Mexico prison population forecast, 2017). Despite a large and growing inmate population, New Mexico correctional facilities have few educational programs that […]

From Preserve to Preservation: Rocky Mountain Bee Plant in November

Mary Ann Maestas, IAE Southwest Botany Field TechnicianFor one of the last seed collections of the season, I joined two Bureau of Land Management interns for some collections and scouting in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. Our first stop was to the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, adjacent to La Cienega. At this point in the […]

Tagging monarchs in New Mexico

“I got one!” Steve Cary calls through a thicket of seep willow in full bloom.  He’s netted a monarch butterfly on the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Mexico.  We convene at his pickup and get to work tagging this butterfly, a male with slightly tattered wings.  It’s on a long migration […]